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Kohana San, Bostwick, Lieutenant F. M.  Artist unknown.
1 Bostwick, Lieutenant F. M. Artist unknown. Kohana San
Tokyo; Yokohama T. Hasegawa; Kelly & Walsh, Ltd. 1892 Crepe Paper bound with ribbon Very Good 
19 pp. With a song about a geisha written by a naval officer, Ensign, then Lieutenant, F. M. Bostwick, who was in Japan for a three-year tour of duty beginning in 1886. Enthralled by the society around him, Bostwick contributed two musical manuscripts to Hasegawa, the first being Lyuchasan. A bit of departure for Hasegawa, the two works nonetheless sold extremely well for many years after. Sharf 32-3. Minor edge creasing of a few leave corners and slight bunching of the fabric by the front cover joint. Small stamp on p. 1 from presumably first bookseller. The first internal leaf has light foxing and p. 3 has light soiling by the joint. Otherwise bright and clean. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Japanese Fairy Tales.  [The Boy Who Drew Cats, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling, Chin Chin Kobakama, The Goblin Spider, The Fountain of Youth Printed in color by hand from Japanese wood blocks., Hearn, Lafcadio
2 Hearn, Lafcadio Japanese Fairy Tales. [The Boy Who Drew Cats, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling, Chin Chin Kobakama, The Goblin Spider, The Fountain of Youth Printed in color by hand from Japanese wood blocks.
Cloth Chemise, with bone stays or fasteners FIne 
With the original tissue sleeves well-preserved! N.d., but the last of the titles, "The Fountain of Youth", was issued in 1922, and so we would date the set to the early 1920s. 19.5 by 14 cm. 
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3 Rendered into English by Lafcadio Hearn. Story by Suzuki Kason or Arai Yoshimune (uncredited) Chin Chin Kobakama. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 25
Tokyo T. Hasegawa 
N.d, circa 1903. Probably first edition. Unpaginated, twelve folded-over leaves, including cover. Larger format, 7.5 by 5.25 inches, or 19 by 13.5 cm. Probably the best tale ever built around toothpicks! A fairy tale of the supernatural retribution meted out to lazy women, with a second shorter variant of the same story included as well. This copy has particularly crisp and bright color! Light soiling to covers, and some minor waviness where fabric dinged by bottom edge. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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4 Rendered into English by Lafcadio Hearn. Story by Suzuki Kason, uncredited. The Boy Who Drew Cats. Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 23
Tokyo T. Hasegawa Very Good 
N.d., probably first edition, 1898, larger format of 7.5 by 5.25 inches, or 19 by 13.5 cm. With twelve folded over leaves, including cover. Fairy tale of small boy who wanders into an abandoned temple. Three leaves of crepe paper have slight edge chip. Paper with age toning, and color slightly faded. Fabric on spine mostly worn away. 
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